Community Beautification Grants

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P.O. Box 726 Winchester, Massachusetts 01890

The Arthur Griffin Foundation for Winchester was established by renowned photographer and Winchester resident, Arthur Griffin, to provide scholarships for young visual artists and grants to preserve and enhance the beauty of the Winchester Community.


What is a community but the perfect chemistry of well-tended gardens and greenways and the devoted hearts of its people to care for one another?

A 70-year resident of Winchester, Arthur Griffin recognized the beauty of his town’s public spaces—and the importance of maintaining and enhancing that beauty. He also saw the value in supporting community-based projects; neighbors coming together for a common goal.

In keeping with his vision, our foundation offers two grants.

The Communication Beautification Grant funds initiatives that have been kick-started by the community. For instance, if a civic group agrees to volunteer their time for the annual Fourth of July fireworks and parade and they are fundraising to landscape the town square after the festivities, the foundation would consider funding up to half of the cost through a matching gift, historically anywhere from $5,000 – $20,000. Apply today.

The Digital Archives Grant supports a Winchester student intern who has dedicated him or herself to the task of maintaining our foundation’s archives. We proudly display the work of our Arthur Griffin scholars to not only showcase the work of talented local artists, but also generate press for their work and show the valuable work undertaken by our foundation in partnership with the community, but these portfolios take time to gather and update. Interested students, apply today.

To learn more about each project, click the photos below.

apply for a community beautification grant


Recent recipients of the Community Beautification Grant

Photoville Fence in Winchester, MA (2021)
Photoville Fence in Winchester, MA

Video documentation of the installation by the AGF Interns’ Emma Illidge and Sophie Franhill created during COVID-19. Learn more at

Photosynthesis XV PhotoSynthesis XV

PhotoSynthesis XV is a collaboration of the Burlington High School and Winchester High School facilitated by the Griffin Museum of Photography.

Learn About Photosynthesis XV.

Winchester High School Photosynthesis Project         

Photosynthesis XIV.

The Proposed Winchester Cultural District         

The 2017 – 2018 AGF Interns were charged with creating a presentation of hypothetical vignettes of environmental art installations in three zones established by the Winchester Cultural Development Visioning Team. This presentation was introduced to the Winchester Select Board an order to enlist their support for the establishment of a cultural District in town.

The 2018 interns 2018 Interns         

We applaud our interns’ work as we help prepare for Winchester’s cultural future. Thanks to Mark Bacon, Ella Hodges, Vihara Wickramasinghe and Natalia Tecca.

stained_glass Stained Glass Window Restoration at Sanborn House         

Restoration plus preservation equals beautification.

sanborn3 Exterior Lighting of the Sanborn House         

Lighting a community treasure.

shore_road4 Waterfield to Shore Road Street Scape Charrette         

A community working to realize a shared vision.

mill_pond Aberjona River Initiatives         

Envisioning the restoration of the natural beauty of the river.

Wayfinding Signs         

Getting around town.

Winchester High School Photosynthesis Project
Supporting Artistic Collaboration at its Best

2015 grant.

Winchester High School Photosynthesis Project         

2016 grant.

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